An Indonesian Air Force officer draws a flight pattern flown earlier in a search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, during a post-mission briefing at Suwondo air base in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Thursday, March 13, 2014. The hunt for the missing jetliner has been punctuated by false leads since it disappeared with 239 people aboard about an hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing early Saturday. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara
March 14th 2014: What happened to the Missing Plane’s Transponder?
Transponders emit electronic signals containing information that shows up on air traffic controllers’ screens. The information includes the plane’s unique identifying code and its direction, speed and altitude.
Transponder signals are used by air traffic controllers to keep track of flights and are also employed in collision-avoidance systems.
In the case of the Malaysian jetliner, the transponder stopped about an hour after takeoff, when the plane was above the Gulf of Thailand between Malaysia and southern Vietnam. Surprising that such a big piece of metal disappears without any trace.
With all the rumors flying out-the most interesting one was that of a UFO taking it away with them, followed by, the carpet-flying alibaba’s taking the plane away. What-so-ever the reason be, its important that the relatives of the missing get a satisfactory answer!